Do you self check out at the store?
It almost seems these days they are promoting that (and online shopping) over cashiers and having adequate things in stock.
I was at Target the other day getting a few items, including a bottle of wine for dinner. There is a clear sign at the self check out "No alcohol can be purchased through self check out." Interestingly, there were no lights on of any other cash registers working, but there was a Target employee at the self check out lanes designating where customers should go to check out and I heard her say to someone "don't worry, I'll help you if you need help." I remarked to her I had wine and she said "I'll help you on aisle 5" (right next door to self check). It was not lit up.
She processed my items and as I was gathering them up, another man came in behind me and placed his items on the conveyor belt and she took care of him.
It dawned on me as I was leaving the store.
They are training us to use self check outs. Think about it. One store we go to has 8 self check out "lanes" and one person monitoring it. Probably 95% (if not higher) of the check outs run smoothly. One person monitoring 8 lanes of people checking out, reducing the amount of lanes ran by a "live" cashier.
I have to admit. Self check out is easy for a few items. I won't go past 5-6 items with its use. Some stores will allow alcohol to be purchased through them, some won't. (Those that do, they have it built into the system you have to show your ID to the person monitoring the lanes or they see you are "older than dirt" and just click their button, clearing you to continue to check out).
Sometimes I'll use the regular check out lanes even if they are busy because that at least keeps someone employed, if only for that date.
I fear the check out lines of the past are fading away, like so many other things, and being replaced by self check out services.
Another way to reduce jobs and cut expenses.
Yet it is so prevalent, so what does one do?
To self check out or not to self check out, that is the question. How do you answer it?
Do you prefer a "live" cashier taking care of your business?
I still miss the full service gas stations. Anyone remember those?